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W.B. 15.06.20 and 22.06.20

For the next two weeks we are going to focus on shapes both 2D and 3D. Below you will find resources and activities that will help consolidate your child's understanding of shapes.


In Reception, your child will begin to recognise and name some 2D shapes (e.g. square, rectangle, triangle and circle) and will also learn to use mathematical language to describe their properties (e.g. sides and corners or vertices).

  • A line in a 2D shape is called a side. 
  • Two or more edges or sides meet at a corner.


They will also begin to identify some 3D shapes (e.g.cubes, cuboids, pyramids and spheres) and use mathematical language to talk about their properties. When we talk about 3D shapes, we talk about facesedges and corners/vertices.

The faces are the flat parts of the shape.

The edges are the lines where two faces meet.

The corners/vertices are the points where two or more edges meet.


We also explain that a 2D shape is a 'flat' shape and a 3D shape is not. 

BBC Bitesize Geometry // Shapes - 2D Shapes

The Shapes Song (HD)

It's an HD version of the shapes song. This song was written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Video by KidsTV123. Copyright 2011 A.J. Jenkins/KidsTV123: All ri...

Shapes Song 2D Shapes

A shapes song for children. If this video corrupts, please try the link below. This song was written and performed...

How to Describe 3D Shapes

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes. Join our characters as they learn 4 ...